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Equity by Design: Virtual Dialogue 6

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Equity by Design

How do we make our built environment, at every scale, a tool for disease prevention and the promotion of wellness for all?

As we begin to build and renovate our homes and communities in a post-COVID-19 world, we must radically accelerate the application of an age-friendly framework that addresses disparities. This means housing and communities that are safe, affordable, and facilitate multigenerational interaction; meet sensory, emotional, physical, social, behavioral, and health needs across the lifespan; and include appropriate transportation options—enabling every resident to thrive.

Join this six-part dialogue series, where Dr. Bill Thomas will moderate a conversation with built environment leaders from the U.S. and across the globe, who will share diverse perspectives on what it will take to create enabling and equitable housing and multigenerational communities. Each dialogue is framed around 1-2 key principles for Creating Enabling & Equitable Housing and Multigenerational Communities.

The Equity by Design series is for policymakers, planners, designers and architects, developers, financiers, academic and real estate professionals, age-friendly community advocates, and other colleagues interested in making our built environment a tool to support everyone at every stage across increasingly long lifespans.

Virtual Dialogue 6: Include Age-Friendliness in Other Priorities and Lead Cross-Sector Collaboration

Built environment professionals should utilize planning and other collaborative tools to advance developments that demonstrate an active contribution to societal agendas, and they should tap existing efforts to advance UN Sustainable Development goals as opportunities to regenerate and retrofit our built environment assets using a lifelong equity lens.


  • Jennifer Molinsky, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
  • Gaetan Siew, Founder of the Global Creative Leadership Initiative;
    Past President of the International Union of Architects;
    Past Secretary-General of the African Union of Architects
  • UN-Habitat (representative TBD)
  • Dr. Bill Thomas, Cofounder, ChangingAging.org (Moderator)

Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, Health & Age-friendly Communities, AARP


February 25
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


AARP International
CIDQ: Council for Interior Design Qualification